LIST: Cold weather shelters opening in Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia ahead of freezing temps

Freeze Warnings for Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As Action News Jax’s First Alert Weather Team is tracking the potential for freeze warnings and wind chill advisories across our area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, several cold weather shelters are opening in our area.


We will update this list with more information as it becomes available.

Northeast Florida

Duval County

The City of Jacksonville shared the following information:

“With this incoming cold weather, the Emergency Preparedness Division has activated its Phase 3 Cold Weather Emergency Plan – when temperatures reach 28 degrees or colder – and the City of Jacksonville Warming Center will be open overnight to residents who do not have access to adequate heat.

“Tuesday, January 16, 2024 7 P.M. – 9 A.M. The Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

“JTA buses will transport vulnerable individuals to the Legends Center, which will be staffed and have water available onsite. Residents utilizing the warming center should bring the following items:

  • Air mattress, blankets, pillows, or other bedding
  • Snacks and medication
  • Games, toys, and books
  • Hygiene, and comfort items

“During normal business hours, all libraries are open and will serve as warming centers across the County. More information can be found at

“Our non-profit partners at area shelters are also providing weather shelter services to the homeless population. These shelters include:

  • City Rescue Mission, 234 W. State Street, 32202: Will increase its overnight capacity and extend hours and will remain open each day as temperatures are expected to fall below 40 degrees. All guests will receive a hot meal and will be offered access to showers and clean clothing.
  • Mission House, 465 11th Ave. N, Jacksonville Beach, 32250, overnight operations at St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal – Parish Hall, 1150 5th Street N, Jacksonville Beach, 32250
  • Sulzbacher Center
  • 611 East Adams St., 32202 – Men
  • 5455 Springfield Blvd. 32208 – Women and Children
  • Trinity Rescue Mission, 622 W. Union Street, 32202″

Clay County

Clay County Rescue Mission said while there is no shelter open to the public, they will be placing people in hotels if they call.

“Currently our organization is driving downtown to pass out jackets and blankets to our homeless population,” Clay County Rescue Mission said.

You can reach them by calling 904-651-8767.

St. Johns County

A release from the county said First United Methodist Church will open its doors from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for anyone who needs a place to stay. The church can be found at 118 King St. in St. Augustine. Shelter information is also available as a recording on the St. Johns County cold night shelter hotline at 904-819-4344 and on social media.

[SIGN UP: Action News Jax Daily Headlines Newsletter]

Putnam County

Putnam County Emergency Management shared the following cold weather shelter information on its Facebook page:

  • First Presbyterian Church of Palatka, Westminster Hall, 126 South 2nd St, Palatka, open 7 pm – 7 am
  • FAMILIES ONLY: Life Church, 2701 Reid St, Palatka, open 7 pm – 7 am

Columbia County

Parkview Baptist Church in Lake City said it would be opening its doors and shared the following information on its Facebook page:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16: Opens at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17: Opens at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Southeast Georgia

Camden County

Camden County Emergency Management Agency said in a Facebook post, “Individuals needing a warming center (shelter) should contact 912-729-5602 for more information.”

[DOWNLOAD: Free Action News Jax app for alerts as news breaks]

Click here to download the free Action News Jax news and weather apps, click here to download the Action News Jax Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Action News Jax live.

Comments on this article
On AirPower 106.1 - TRU HIP HOP Logo

mobile apps

Everything you love about and more! Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app.

amazon alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!